Scribbles
by Bob Curtis, Local Secretary


July, 2017

July was named by the Roman Senate in honor of the Roman general, Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth. Prior to that, it was called Quintilis. -- Wikipedia

Angela Daidone, our new testing coordinator, advises me that she is scheduling the next Mensa admission testing at the Rochelle Park library in the fall.

Mid-Hudson Mensa continues to encourage us to participate in some of their events. They have an events page at http://tinyurl.com/MHMEVENTS

Central Jersey Mensa has invited us to join them in beer tasting. Email buccine@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Our own biggest and most successful event is our annual picnic at Van Saun Park, scheduled for August 13, 2017, noon until 4:00 pm. A map of the park is available on our website at http://www. nnjmensa.org and further details are listed elsewhere in this newsletter.

You can visit our NNJM Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/nnjmensa/ and our webpage at http://nnjmensa.org

Some members have expressed a renewed interest in our scholarship program. The Wendy Sailer Scholarship is an award given annually by Northern New Jersey Mensa (NNJM) based on an essay contest. It is funded by contributions from members of NNJM and is given in memory of Wendy Sailer who was very active in NNJM. In 1983, Wendy Sailer, a 34-year old computer programmer from Lodi, and her friend, Israel Weiner, 55, a professional proofreader and an amateur photographer from Garfield, were flying in his Cessna 182. On September 9th, they flew into a sudden storm over the Montana wilderness and their plane crashed in the Crater Lake area near Kalispell. For nineteen years search parties hunted for the plane but two hikers found the wreckage by accident on August 9, 2002.

Both Wendy and Israel had been very active members of NNJM. Wendy had served as Local Secretary and was a major supporter of the scholarship program. Their loss was devastating to many members who decided to establish a scholarship in her name. Funds were actively solicited through the 1990s, and the scholarship is still being paid out of what was raised then. (Yes, the scholarship still needs contributions. You can mail a cheque made out to Northern New Jersey Mensa, to our Treasurer, William Holzmann, 163 Morningside Road, Paramus NJ 07652.)

In 1995, a great friend and supporter of NNJM, Irwin Arnold Meit, a neo-natal nurse, passed away at the age of 54. Contributions were made by members and his friends, and the Irwin A. Meit Memorial Scholarship was begun in 1996 for an adult who is studying for a career change. Unfortunately, this scholarship ran out of funding (about 2010) and has not been awarded since. We would be happy to re-institute this scholarship if adequate funding could be provided.

Activities for our gifted youth: Check with Stephanie Janssens on Facebook or email her at stillstephanieglenn@gmail.com for further information. NNJM's young Mensan Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NNJMensanYouth/